Sunday Practice

Sunday practice is open to all members and recent trainees (within the last 12 months). The club is open downstairs and a rescue boat is provided. Sailors are free to sail and practice as they wish.  Sailors may hire a ESC fleet OziOpti, 4.7 Laser or RS Feva training dinghies, or you can bring your own boat. It runs on Sundays from October – December in the first half of the season and January – April in the second half of the season from 9.00am-12.00pm. Continue reading

Green fleet

Green fleet is a collection of fun racing and activities to improve sailing skills. It is open to ESC club members, senior & junior, who have completed an Tackers 3 or Introduction to Club Racing course or equivalent and wish to improve their sailing. Greenfleet is hands on/on-water using ESC fleet of OziOptis, 4.7 Laser and RS Feva training dinghies, or you can bring your own boat. It runs on Saturdays from October – December in the first half of the season and February – March in the second half of the season from 1.30pm-4.30pm. Continue reading

Race Official Courses

Have you ever wondered what all the flags on the start boat mean? Would you like to learn?

Yachting Victoria are running Race Official courses at various levels throughout spring and early summer, so if you are interested to learn and to be of assistance to the club in conducting sailing events please follow the link and you too will know what happens when they drop the blue peter!

Power Boat Handling Course

powerboat photoDo you want to learn to drive a small Powerboat?
Would you like to man a rescue boat to support your Club?
This Program will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small Powerboats, including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather.

We will be running a course in July or August.  To register your interest please email the Club Manager at manager@elwoodsc.com

Start Sailing – Adult & Teenage

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2 is intended to provide an introduction to sailing for people who have not previously sailed or need a refresher course. It is open to teenagers and adults providing the training they need to become competent sailors with the aim of progressing to competitive club sailing.

The next training sessions will run on Saturday mornings from October to December, being

Saturday 18 October 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 25 October 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 8 November 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 15 November 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 22November 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 29 November 9.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 6 December 9.00am-12.30pm

Please note that 9:00am is the actual commencement time for training and students are expected to be prepared, changed and ready to go by that time.

Instruction

Instruction is by qualified Instructors with many years of dinghy sailing and teaching experience. Instruction will be given both on-land and on-the-water in club-supplied boats.

Course Syllabus: Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2

Environment and Safety
Boat familiarisation
Parts of a boat
Rigging
Steering
Capsize and recovery
Sail trim Sailing techniques
Rules of the road

Yachting Australia Sailing Pathways

At the end of each course all students will be assessed on number of lessons attended and standard of sailing achieved and those who have reached a satisfactory level of sailing ability and attendance will be granted a Yachting Australia Certificate of Completion for either Start Sailing Dinghy 1, or Start Sailing Dinghy 1 & 2. Trainees are welcome to re-enroll for another Start Sailing Dinghy course if they wish to achieve a higher level certificate, and once the trainee has attained the Start Sailing Dinghy 2 certificate they are ready to progress further along the Yachting Australia Sailing Pathways.

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable.

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What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:
Bathers, Towel & Wetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
PFD/ Buoyancy Vests are available on loan from the club, or bring your own PFD (subject to inspection).
Woollen jumpers or thermal jumpers / jackets Windproof / waterproof jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen (hats and sunglasses must be fitted with sports straps)
Sailing gloves if available (golf, weight lifting, bike gloves etc. all good)

 

Enrollments

To enrol please click here.  Fees are $350.

 

Boats used by ESC Training Centre

Senior training uses the single handed Laser class of boat with the smallest of its three rig options – the Laser 4.7 and the double handed RS Feva. These are two of the most popular sailing boats in the world

Further Information

Bookings and inquiries may be made to the ESC Training co-ordinator Geoff Craig on 0417 508 483 or via email to training@elwoodsc.com

Introduction to Club Racing

This course is open to ESC club members, senior & junior, who have completed the ‘Start Sailing – Dinghy’ course and wish to progress their sailing to a level where they can participate in club races. The course is hands on/on-water using ESC fleet of 4.7 Laser and RS Feva training dinghies and runs for 2 x 5 session semesters on Saturdays from November – December in the first half of the season and January – February in the second half of the season from 1.30pm-4.30pm .

For ITCR course enrolment in first semester please click here.
For ITCR course enrolment in second semester please click here.

Course Dates – Introduction to Club Racing

Lesson
Number
First Semester
Nov – December 2014
Second Semester
Jan – Feb 2015
1 (including Introduction) 8th November 2014 31st January 2015
2 15th November 2014 7th February 2015
3 22nd November 2014 14th February 2015
4 29th November 2014 21st February 2015
5 6th December2014 28th February 2015
New Member /
Sail Training BBQ
13th December 2013 28th March 2015

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable.

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What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:

Bathers & TowelWetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
PFD/ Buoyancy Vests are available on loan from the club, or bring your own PFD (subject to inspection).
Woollen jumpers or thermal jumpers / jackets Windproof / waterproof jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen (hats and sunglasses must be fitted with sports straps)
Sailing gloves if available (golf, weight lifting, bike gloves etc. all good)

Enrolments

Enrolments can be made online. Please click here to enrol in first semester, and click here to enrol in second semester.

 

Fees Payable per Session

ESC Club Member $50

Further Information

For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.

Tackers – Info for parents

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Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

The Tackers Program is delivered in small groups by a Yachting Australia qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

There are three levels that kids can progress through:
Tackers 1 – Having Fun
Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques
Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

Tackers PathwayIn Tackers 1 – Having Fun – kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques – If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

The final level is Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Each level involves 20 hours of participation structured as a 5 day holiday program or as a series of sessions during term either on a Saturday or Sunday.

Kids receive a Tackers kit at the start of every level and a certificate of achievement at the end.

TACKERS LEVEL 1            TACKERS LEVEL 2              TACKERS LEVEL 3            

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Who should I contact to find out more?

For any enquiries please contact the Elwood Sailing Club Tackers Leader Geoff Craig on 0417 508 483 or email training@elwoodsc.com

How can parents/guardians be involved?

Tackers programs are fully supervised by Yachting Australia qualified Instructors and Assistant Instructor employed by the club. They oversee the session planning, delivery, and make sure the kids have fun and develop their skills and confidence in a safe environment.

We also like parents and guardians to be involved in Tackers. No knowledge of sailing is required, but there are many non-instructing roles that parents and guardians are requested to assist with:

  • 84257Helping the kids move boats to and from the water.
  • Standing in the shallows to assist the kids with launching and retrieving their boats.
  • Going on rescue boats to assist the instructors.
  • Going to the local shops to buy fruit, bread and sausages (paid for by the club).
  • Cutting up fruit for the kids.
  • Cooking the sausages on the BBQ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a member of a club to participate in Tackers?

No, one of the great things about Tackers is you don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. In fact, kids receive an honorary club membership during their participation in the program.

Do kids need to be able to swim to participate in Tackers?

Some ability to swim would be preferable, however they will be wearing lifejackets at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Tackers Club Leader or the Tackers Instructor if they have any concerns.

What type of boats will the kids be sailing?

The Tackers program is only delivered in a boat called an OziOpti. This boat was specifically designed for the program and is an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing. The boats allow two kids to sail together and as they gain confidence and move up from Tackers 1 to Tackers 2 they are able to sail the boat alone. The boats have built-in buoyancy which means they provide extra stability.

Are the kids out sailing on their own?

When kids start sailing in Tackers 1 they will be sailing in pairs. There are usually 6 boats in a group and there will be an Instructor and an Assistant Instructor in a safety boat supervising the group. The safety boat stays on the water all the time the kids are sailing.

Do the kids need any special clothing to participate in Tackers?

83677No, there is no special clothing needed.
We recommend kids wear clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting wet and bring a towel and a change of clothes with them. Click here to download the Tackers Checklist of What to Bring.

What can kids do when they finish Tackers?

There are three levels to the Tackers program which kids can progress through. When they finish Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! they can progress to a program at the club called Green Fleet. This is a program that introduces kids to fun racing.

How much does it cost?

Tackers courses are $320 per student.

Can I learn to sail as well?

Of course! Click here to find out about our Adult learn to sail courses

TACKERS COURSES

Tackers 1

Term 4 2014 – Sunday mornings 9 November – 14 December (except 29 November) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 12 January 2015 – Friday 16 January 2015 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 19 January 2015 – Friday 23 January 2015 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Saturday mornings 14 February – 28 March (except 7 March) 9.00am-12.30pm Click here for details & enrollment
Easter holidays – Tuesday 7 April – Friday 10 April 9.00am-2.00pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 2

Term 4 2014 – Saturday mornings 8 November – 13 December 9.00am-12.30pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 19 January 2015 – Thursday 22 January 2015 1.30pm-6.00pm & Friday 23 January 1.30pm-4.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Sunday mornings 15 March – 19 April (except 5 April) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 2 2015 – Saturday mornings 11 April – 16 May (except 25 April) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 3

Summer holidays – Monday 12 January 2015 – Thursday 15 January 2015 1.30pm-6.00pm & Friday 16 January 1.30pm-4.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Saturday afternoons 14 March – 2 May (except 4 and 25 April) 1.30pm-4.30pm Click here for details & enrollment

Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.

 

Tackers – Kids learn to sail

Tackers640KidsBoatsFun640Tackers is a great sailing program for kids aged 7 to 12 – It’s fun, safe and affordable!

INFO FOR PARENTS

Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. Click here for all the information you need to know as a parent.

INFO FOR KIDS

Kids play loads of games and go on adventures together to learn how to sail. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have a beach and bay explore. Click here to find out all the fun you could have doing Tackers.

TACKERS COURSES

Tackers 1

Term 4 2014 – Sunday mornings 9 November – 14 December (except 29 November) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 12 January 2015 – Friday 16 January 2015 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 19 January 2015 – Friday 23 January 2015 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Saturday mornings 14 February – 28 March (except 7 March) 9.00am-12.30pm Click here for details & enrollment
Easter holidays – Tuesday 7 April – Friday 10 April 9.00am-2.00pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 2

Term 4 2014 – Saturday mornings 8 November – 13 December 9.00am-12.30pm Click here for details & enrollment
Summer holidays – Monday 19 January 2015 – Thursday 22 January 2015 1.30pm-6.00pm & Friday 23 January 1.30pm-4.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Sunday mornings 15 March – 19 April (except 5 April) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 2 2015 – Saturday mornings 11 April – 16 May (except 25 April) 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 3

Summer holidays – Monday 12 January 2015 – Thursday 15 January 2015 1.30pm-6.00pm & Friday 16 January 1.30pm-4.00pm Click here for details & enrollment
Term 1 2015 – Saturday afternoons 14 March – 2 May (except 4 and 25 April) 1.30pm-4.30pm Click here for details & enrollment

Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.